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Norwegian and South African researchers take on global challenges together

– As Norway celebrates 200 years of its constitution and South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, there is no better time to celebrate the relationship between our two countries, said Norwegian ambassador to South Africa Kari Bjørnsgaard in her opening speech at the SANCOOP launching conference.



A total of 66 participants, including researchers representing 19 different projects alongside International Commitee members, programme administrators, policy makers from the two countries and representatives from the funders were gathered in Cape Town on the 11th to the 13th of May to mark the beginning of the new bilateral research cooperation programme between South Africa and Norway.

The SANCOOP programme will run from 2013 to 2017 and is the third in a series of bilateral research cooperation programmes between the two countries. Programme activities will be targeted toward research areas related to climate, the environment and renewable energy.

Alongside short presentations of the projects the conference included a guided tour of the icebreaking polar supply and research ship Aghulas II, alongside field trips to the University of Cape Town campus, including an introduction to the Nansen-Tutu centre, and a visit to the Applied Centre for Climate Earth System Science.

(Left to right) Teuns Phahlamohlaka, Professional Officer, NRF; Jan Haakonsen, Special Advisor, RCN; Khaya Sishuba, Director, DST; Dr Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director, NRF; Bjørn Kjellemo, Director, RCN; Vinny Pillay, Chief Director, DST; and Prudence Makhura, Director, NRF. (Left to right) Teuns Phahlamohlaka, Professional Officer, NRF; Jan Haakonsen, Special Advisor, RCN; Khaya Sishuba, Director, DST; Dr Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director, NRF; Bjørn Kjellemo, Director, RCN; Vinny Pillay, Chief Director, DST; and Prudence Makhura, Director, NRF. Foto: Patrick Saunders, NRF
Representatives from both the National Research Foundation and the Research Council of Norway were very pleased with the outcome of the conference.

"We hope we have managed to enhance the participants' appreciation of the broader objectives of the programme and to help create a common SANCOOP identity which all research projects can be part of," says programme coordinator at the Research Council of Norway, Jan M. Haakonsen.

Following are the Power Point presentations from the conference. Note that some of the presentations held are not included, but will be added to this article at a later point.

Historical overview, summary of achievements, future expectations and objectives of the conference (PDF-517.1 KB)

Migration ecology of fishes for improved fisheries management in South Africa (PDF-3 572.4 KB)  

Historical Ecology and State Formation in the Shashi-Limpopo Region in Southern Africa: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach (PDF-313.6 KB)  

Towards an integrated tailored food policy: Consumer-level mitigation using a hybrid analysis of meat choice and behavioural change (PDF-1 379.1 KB)  

Advanced, high performance and durable catalytic layers for PEM fuel cells using non carbon support materials (PDF-1 441.7 KB)  

Climate change - can lichens protect themselves using UV-induced melanins? (PDF-2 862.3 KB)  

Transition to sustainable energy systems in emerging economies (PDF-778.2 KB)  

Designerly Strategies for Scaling Up Climate Change Approaches in South Africa and Norway (PDF-884.1 KB)  

Sustainable water management for resilience to climate change impact on society in South Africa (PDF-1 023.8 KB)  

Development of efficient bioflocculants by exploring the microbial diversity of South African Eastern Cape Province for Novel Bioflocculants (PDF-1 118.7 KB)  

Performance of PV modules in arid areas - effects of soiling and module technology on yearly yield (PDF-704.6 KB)  

Sustainable biogas production in South African rural households (PDF-754.4 KB)  

Seasonal to decadal Changes Affecting Marine Productivity: an Interdisciplinary investigation (PDF-972 KB)  

Climate Change and Urban Water Governance: Pathways to Social Transformation (PDF-961.2 KB)  

Southern Ocean Phytoplankton Adaption to mimicked future changes in light and iron availability - Molecular bases and modelling (PDF-2 906.4 KB)  

Exploring the relationship between belief systems and climate change adaptation (PDF-265.7 KB)  

 

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